Isuzu to unveil I-Vision for UK trucks at CV Show
Thursday 22 March 2012 | By Evolution InternetBack to Newsroom
Pickup truck leasing customers in the UK could soon take advantage of I-Vision, the new advanced vehicle telematics service from Isuzu.
The Tokyo-based manufacturer has announced plans to bring technology that was previously only available in Japan to the British pickup market, with the firm's latest offering set to receive its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham next month.
I-Vision offers a comprehensive suite of telematics designed solely for commercial vehicles, based on the Mimamori online system used by Isuzu in its Japanese models.
Potential customers can find out more about the service by visiting Isuzu's stand at the CV Show, which will run from Tuesday April 24th to Thursday April 26th at the NEC.
Keith Child, marketing director at Isuzu Truck, said I-Vision is set to offer British pickup truck users "complete driving and vehicle intelligence".
He added: "Not only does I-Vision provide standard vehicle tracking and two-way messaging facilities but also offers additional intelligent features such as driver style characteristics, fuel consumption and vehicle diagnostics/prognostics."
Mr Child suggested the current economic climate has made it particularly important that commercial vehicle users have "accurate monitoring information at their fingertips" in order to improve operational efficiency.
"The new range of technology available from the I-Vision team will enable users to gain a greater knowledge of their fleet operations 24/7," he said.
According to the manufacturer, more than 40,000 vehicles are currently using the Mimamori technology for efficiency and reporting in Japan.
The system deploys the latest communications and GPS technology to collect real-time data on vehicle operation status, with voice guidance and audible alarms advising the driver on how to reduce fuel consumption and drive safely while the vehicle is in motion.
For logistics purposes, the Mimamori online service can track a vehicle's location and status of operation to help boost efficiency.
Isuzu, which sees about 400,000 light to medium-weight commercial vehicles roll off its production line each year, will also display a selection of models from the company's 2012 truck product line-up at the three-day industry event in Birmingham.
"The appeal of the CV Show is such that it gives us the opportunity to highlight the strengths of the latest Isuzu truck product range, in terms of fleet operating benefits and impressive low running costs," Mr Child explained.
Existing trucks from the manufacturer include the Isuzu Rodeo Denver, which is described by the firm as a "ready-for-anything 4x4 double cab".
This vehicle is available with a 2.5-litre manual diesel engine or a 3.0-litre automatic, offering plenty of power, torque and fuel efficiency with CO2 emissions from just 213 g/km.
Versions such as the Rodeo Denver Max Plus offer an enhanced specification and additional features that could suit some pickup truck leasing customers, including cruise control, a touchscreen colour satnav system with DVD playback and a two-tone leather interior.
It has a towing capacity of 3,000 kg and a VAT-friendly payload of 1,075 kg.
The Rodeo Denver Max Plus boasts a 3.0-litre common-rail diesel engine with a combined fuel consumption of 33.6 mpg. Isuzu has also claimed it is one of the greenest double-cab pickup trucks currently on the market, with emissions of only 222 g/km.
A single-cab option is also available, which could appeal to leasing customers who have one eye on their budget and are looking for an affordable option.
Isuzu has described this model as "a no-frills, no-nonsense, 4x2 cargo carrier that's best in class where it really counts".
The Rodeo Single Cab offers a towing capacity of 2,500 kg, a substantial payload of up to 1,235 kg and 195 mm ground clearance.